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Saina Nehwal drops to 3rd in world rankings

New Delhi: Indian ace Saina Nehwal was yesterday displaced from the top spot in badminton world rankings, slipping to third in the latest women's singles list.

Saina Nehwal. Pic/AFP
Saina Nehwal. Pic/AFP 

Saina, the first Indian woman badminton player to be world number one, dropped two spots and is placed below Spaniard Carolina Marin (80752), who rose a rung courtesy her Australian Open title triumph.

The Indian has 79192 points in her kitty. Olympic champion Li Xuerui claimed the top spot, going up a place with 85217 points.

In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth was the highest-placed Indian, climbing a position to third with 67157 points.

He is placed ahead of Chinese star Lin Dan, who has slipped a couple of positions.

Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap is the next best Indian at 12th, followed by H S Prannoy at 13th.

In the women's doubles list, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went up a place to be ranked 17th.

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